Inequality in income is only one form of inequality, and not necessarily the most important form. But economists, understandably, see it as central.
Siedentop gives us an accessible journey through the transformations of the self from the preclassical Western family, through ancient Greece and Rome and the rise of the church in Europe to the sixteenth century.
At its core, nanny-statism involves enacting laws and enforcing policies that interfere with or manage personal choices, when the only consideration is the individual's own good.
According to the left it is preferable to have policies which incentivise dangerous, deadly, and immoral behaviour such as people smuggling, because the alternative, is considered personally unjust.
Australia has had four Prime Ministers in a bit over two years. But the ALP has had ten leaders in the last twenty.
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Idealists in the population will often project their visions of a better future onto ideologues, whose intransigence on issues is often mistaken for a sign of prescience.
We like what our friends like not because we have thought about it but because having friends is sometimes more important to us than having integrity.
It looks as though we are their servants, grist to their mill, not the other way round. Their trick is to pretend this is not so.
The very real possibility that a politician from the left will assume leadership of a mainstream political party has sent British commentators into hysterics.
The tighter we limit free speech the more likely it is that our enemies will apply those standards to us as well one day.
Capitalism has a self-contradictory nature, which by itself generates crises and undermines its own conditions of successful functioning.